An excellent performance by Ralf Lister brings the book alive and makes it a good introduction to the Gor Saga compensating largely for the weaknesses in characterisation and the extra-ordinary co-incidences in the plot.The Target audience (presumably adolescent boys) will really enjoy this as well as those of us who can still suspend disbelief and are schoolboys at heart or who wish to learn about Gor.LIght fantasy adventure literature at its best. with an element of déjà vu.
The ending held no particular surprise remaining classic for the genre
The pace was good and made the book hard to turn off
I read these books when I was a kid. It takes a short time to get used to the narrator's syntax and voice inflection, but once you do it's an excellent presentation.
Because I had hear good things, I tried it. I was NOT disapointed.
For those who love SciFi/Fantasy novels, this was absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to get the next in the series.
For me the most memorable moment was when the main character was going to be ripped apart. I was on the edge of my seat!!
I have not heard anything else by Ralph Lister, but I am hoping that he is the narrator for the rest of the series.
The first of the, by now, 29 books of the “Chronicles of the Counter Earth”. A must listen for anybody interested in the Gorean Lifestyle.
The narrator Ralph Lister is great and very clear even for now native English listeners.
I recommend it 100% and hope the whole series keep being published at this rate of one every a two months. I, for one, will keep buying.
I drive a truck. Audible helps the miles go by. I normally look for LONG books. 30 Hrs+. Latest is the North and South Trilogy. (Still waiting for Heaven and Hell)
So happy to find this on audible after reading the series back in the 70's!
The narrator captures the essence of the story and makes the characters come alive! Truly a great listening, and adventurous experience. I can't wait for all 25 in the series to become available here.
Read this series back in the day with you know what trilogy but to me this series is simply amazing. One of the best adventure tales I have ever read. I can't wait for the next book to get done. There are 25 books in the series, this could be a good long term series. I have been planning on collecting the books again but have only read up to about book 9. They are all great skipping the slave girl of gor.
I read this back in the early 90s, & I had fond memories. However, I've since read the Barsoom books (John Carter of Mars for those of you who don't know), & I realize that Norman stole liberally from Burroughs.
1. An intelligent, athletic man finds himself upon another world in our solar system where wars are fought with swords in the skies despite advanced technology.
2. He meets & falls for the most beautiful woman in the world who happens to be the princess of a mighty city-state.
3. Medical technology allows people to live much longer than on Earth.
4. Mysterious gods pull the strings in the background. (Barsoom calls them Therns, & Gor calls them Priest Kings.)
I could go on, but...
A major difference is that the characters in this book spend a lot more time boasting of their exploits than in Burroughs' book. The major role of slavery on Gor is the defining trait in later books. I remember that they almost read like sci-fi version of "Fifty Shades of Gray."
The performance wasn't 1/2 bad. You're only as good as your material. I wouldn't mind hearing him read something better. I might be great.
Go back & read the original Burroughs.
I recommend you read the old Barsoom books instead. Burroughs style may be old & a bit cliche at times by today's standards, but they hold up better than these books that were written after Burroughs' death.
I've heard that Norman is still writing Gor books, & that the series has over 20 books. If memory serves, they get steadily worse more repetitive the further that you read.
This is not a series for anyone who is easily embarased. You don't see it in this book, but it will come later. Women are treated worse on Gor than in just about any sci-fi/fantasy book that I've ever read, & I've been a fan of the genre since I was a kid in the early 80s. I'm embarased that I ever read these books. I won't be going any further.
As far as fantasy novels go, it's good.
I had read these books years ago, when I was in my late teens early 20's, and I wanted to see if they held up.
It took me awhile to get used to his style, but once I acclimated I quite liked his voice, a bit clipped, but easily understandable, and a good Tarl Cabot.
I thought this series might be good because it is controversial and it seems to have a following. I expected to be offended, but I expected to at least be interested! The writing is so poor, the plot so thin, I forced myself through half of it but I couldn't bear it anymore. after the main character defies certain death for the hundredth time, by sheer luck or by somehow winning a sword fight against the best soldier in a group that have been training with swords their entire lives, I realized I no longer cared if the author was going to find some way to make it make some semblance of sense.
Waste of my valuable reading time.